2023 Conference – The Road Ahead    

7th & 8th September 2023 – Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific 

Join our 2023 conference and be inspired as together we envision The Road Ahead!

More than ever, individuals are struggling with uncertainty, grief and loss, illness, mental health, identity  and finding purpose in life. 

The chaplain is God’s intended light carrier to the community: a vehicle for transformation as we navigate the chaos and pivot throughout constant change, to gain traction in a world that is searching for hope and answers.

Our speakers will bring Practical content  to prepare  and empower you for sector challenges and opportunities to become a transformational presence in your community.

A shift is here! Chaplains and leaders are now stepping into the places of influence God has revealed, and bringing Kingdom impact to The Road Ahead.

Looking forward to you joining us!

Pastor Deb Kuhna

CA NSW/ACT State Director

Chaplaincy Conference

Our 2023 conference, The Road Ahead will equip, empower, inspire, and challenge you for the future. We will be showcasing areas of  Chaplaincy that will help you understand how to  become a Transformational Asset to your workspace and community, as well as providing you with tools, resource and thought to travel the Road Ahead! 

We will encourage you to learn beyond your field or interest and to explore opportunities that will be presented to you 

The sessions will be very practical and helpful for chaplains, all Pastoral Carers as well as community and church teams as we explore current thinking and methodologies for providing the best support possible.  

 Many of the 26 different chaplaincy sectors will be highlighted and I’m sure you will be moved by hearing the incredible stories of these chaplains on the ground. 

Conference Expo

During the conference there will be an expo which will highlight many of the chaplaincy ministries across NSW/ACT as well as many valuable resources and training opportunities.  

If you would like to find out about having an expo table or about sponsorship follow the link below…

Professional Development Workshops

We are offering pre and post conference workshops to give you more professional development options.  These workshops will cover some important areas that have been frequently asked for.

These workshops are suitable not only for chaplains but for anyone in the helping professions who would like to be better equipped to provide support while staying in their role. Make sure you also register for these.

Our 2023 Conference Speakers

Susan Marcuccio

Susan Marcuccio

National Supervision Director - Chaplaincy Australia

Susan has been involved in Chaplaincy Australia for the past 10 years.

Her experience in chaplaincy includes hospitals, emergency services and disaster response.

Susan is passionate about people being well trained to provide quality empathic care and support, and for people to engage in transformational learning.

Susan is an ordained ACC Minister and a Professional/ Pastoral Supervisor with Australasian Association of Supervision.

Susan is an experienced Professional/Pastoral Supervisor, a recognised Supervisor/Supervisor Trainer with Australasian Association of Supervision (AAOS) and a member of Transforming Practices. She is also a Board Member, Membership Coordinator and Chair of Training Standards for AAOS.

Susan specializes in the provision of supervision to supervisors, pastors, leaders, chaplains and pastoral carers as well as allied health professionals.

Susan is also an advocate and researcher in the area of supervision with a passion to see all those in the helping professions receive quality non-judgmental confidential support, and engage in transformational learning.

Ralph Estherby

Ralph Estherby

National Director - Chaplaincy Australia

Ralph has been involved in Chaplaincy Ministry since 1995 He currently oversees and supports the outstanding and selfless work of Chaplains around Australia.    

Ralph is a gifted communicator and a passionate leader who believes that Christ has answers for every life and that true fulfillment can only be found in Him. He passionately believes that Chaplains have the potential and capacity to impact every sector of Australian Society. 

Ralph serves as a Co-ordinating Chaplain in the Australian Army, caring for and serving the members of the Australian Defence Force and is responsible for recruiting new Pentecostal Chaplains to the ADF and their ongoing support.

Ralph and his wife Narelle have been in Pastoral Ministry since 1990 including 28 years as Senior Pastors in Hornsby.  His broad experience and his exposure to both Pastoral and Chaplaincy ministry roles equip him to be a resource to those seeking to explore and expand their influence in meeting the needs of their community.  

He is passionate to see carers receive the care they need to continue to offer the care our community deserves. 

Deb Kuhna

Deb Kuhna

NSW/ACT Director - Chaplaincy Australia

Deb has worked in Pastoral Ministry for 24 years her career background is diverse including Hospitality, Pastoral Ministry, Mental Health and Community Chaplaincy, Coaching, Community Services, Counselling and Professional Pastoral Supervision.
Deb is a pastor and chaplain with a huge capacity and a great ability to inspire and encourage individual’s to become all that the Lord intends them to be. 
Deb will be sharing her insights and vision for Chaplaincy on the road ahead. 
Phil Linden

Phil Linden

Senior Leader Vantage Point & Army Chaplain

As the Senior Leader of Vantage Point Church in Melbourne, Phil Linden is an experienced local church leader, teacher and strategic planner. He is gifted at translating the Good News of the grace of God into local church plans that minister the completed work of Christ and the inclusion of God.  This is evidenced by VPC’s community engagement initiatives and Phil’s strong advocacy for those facing food insecurity and isolation.


Phil has a background in senior corporate leadership roles, and has spent time working in aid and development throughout the Subcontinent and South East Asia.  His passion is to facilitate transformation at two levels: by assisting churches to articulate their strategic ministry plans and by helping individuals to understand their new creation identity in Christ.


Phil speaks, teaches and writes.  He serves on the Australian Christian Churches State Executive Team in Victoria and is also a Chaplain for the Australian Defence Force.


He is married to Kirsten and together they have six awesome children. 

Leanne Cameron

Leanne Cameron

Pastor Hope UC Church

Leeanne has been employed as a pastor in the ACC for over 20 years.


She has experience in diverse leadership roles, providing quality pastoral care both in the community and the church. In 2016 she became the program director for chaplaincy with Alphacrucis College.


Leeanne is also a disaster recovery chaplain and a qualified professional pastoral supervisor. She has a passion to see chaplains, pastoral carers and ministers trained and equipped to provide quality care, and to have longevity of ministry.

Ken Fischer

Ken Fischer

NSW ACC State Secretary & Funeral Celebrant

Ken has been involved in pastoral and leadership roles within ACC churches since he was a teenager and is grateful for his Pentecostal heritage. He has been happily married to Mandy since 1986 and they have 2 adult sons and have recently welcomed their beautiful daughter-in-law into the family.

Ken is the former Senior Pastor of Embassy Church, Belmore Sydney and now serves as a volunteer on the pastoral team at Embassy. He loves seeing people’s lives changed through the power of the Holy Spirit and authentic church community.

Ken is bi-vocational and when he is not in church ministry, he enjoys working in the community as a funeral celebrant where he meets many incredible people who would probably never attend church.

He hopes his life and ministry reflect a real and growing understanding of what it means to be a good human and a real disciple of Jesus.


Conference Program



Thursday 7 September 2023

1.00pm – 4.30pm – Pre Conference – Professional Development

Workshop #1 – The Power of Perspective – Changing the way people perceive their situation

Presenter:  Chaplain Susan Marcuccio

Workshop #2 – Navigating Difficult Conversations in a Complex World.

Presenter:  Chaplain Ralph Estherby


5.30pm Conference Registrations & Expo open

7.00pm– 9.00pm  Conference Session 1

9.00pm – 10pm Supper (included) Expo open

Friday 8 September 2023

8.00am Registrations & Expo open

9.00am– 10.30am  Conference Session 2

10.30amMorning Tea (included) Expo open

11.00am– 12.30pm Conference Session 3

12.30pm – 1.30pm Full Buffet Lunch – Seasalt Restaurant (included) Expo open

1.30pm– 3.00pm Conference Session 4

3.00pm – 3.30pm Afternoon Tea  (included) Expo open

3.30pm– 5.00pm  Conference Session 5

Full participation Thurs night/Friday conference provides 7 hours professional development.

Saturday 9 September 2023

9.30am – 1.00pm – Post Conference Professional Development 

Workshop #1 Navigating Difficult Conversations in a Complex World.

Presenter:  Chaplain Ralph Estherby

Workshop #2 The Power of Perspective – Changing the way people perceive their situation.

Presenter:  Chaplain Susan Marcuccio

Full participation provides 3 hours professional development.


Venue:  Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific,

Pine Tree Lane, Terrigal, NSW 2260 


Please note accommodation is not included in conference or workshop registrations

 Crown Plaza Terrigal has offered a special conference rate for single, double and twin rooms for Chaplaincy Australia Conference delegates.  One full buffet breakfast is included.  Book directly with the hotel and mention Chaplaincy Australia.

Terrigal also has many other great accommodation options within walking distance at varying prices. 

 If you need any more information please contact us [email protected]

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